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  • July 28, 2011

Komori Corporation receives the Special Jury Prize of the prestigious Machine Industrial Design Awards for the Enthrone 29

Komori Corporation (Head Office: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President, Chairman and CEO: Yoshiharu Komori) announced the Enthrone 29 in May 2010 and the press has won a solid reputation in global markets. Now Komori has announced that the Enthrone 29 has received the Special Jury Prize of the prestigious Machine Industrial Design Awards, which recognizes the development of industrial design in Japan.

The ‘Presentation Ceremony for the 41st Machine Industrial Design Awards’ was conducted in at the Hotel Grand Palace in Kudan, Tokyo on July 26. Attending from Komori were officers of the corporation, Tsukuba Plant Deputy Plant Director Niitsuma, Mr. Hirose, who was in charge of the development of the Enthrone 29, and Manager Yoshikawa of the Sales Promotion Department. The various selected products were projected onto the screen at the venue, and the Enthrone 29 was the first winner of the Special Jury Prize to be introduced.

For the presentation of the prize, Mr. Niitsuma ascended the stage and received the plaque and also took part in a commemorative photograph that included all award winners.

At the celebration following the presentation of the awards, reporters from the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (Business & Technology Daily News) covered in detail the products that were awarded.

Komori is determined to conduct more new product development that will be worthy of this prize in the future.

What are the Machine Industrial Design Awards? (taken from the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun)

The Machine Industrial Design Awards were inaugurated by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun with the support of the Ministry of Economy, the Japan Chamber of Commerce, and the bodies representing each industry with the objective of promoting the development of industrial design in Japan. It is one of the few competitions in Japan that focuses on industrial goods. The screening committee, which consists of authorities in the relevant ministries, academic societies and industrial associations, conducts a comprehensive assessment from many points of view, checking that many requisites, such as, of course, appearance, functions, performance, and coloring, are met at a high level and also reviewing economy and marketability as well as, from the ergonomic side, safety and environmental characteristics.

Following the launch of the awards in 1970, a message was sent to industry seeking the best approach to improving performance and design for industrial development, and this year is the 41st convoking of the event. During this period, the many products that have received awards have been evaluated highly as leading-edge products that suggest the design and direction of their respective times.

Types of awards

Highest award - METI Minister Award (2)
Japan Force (e.g., Brand Japan) Award (2)
Japan Chamber of Commerce Award (2)
Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers Award, Japan Machine Tool Builders Association Award, Japan Electrical Manufacturers Association Award, Japan Robot Association Award, and Japan Design Promotion Award (1 each)
Special Jury Prize (7)

Past Awards to Komori

Komori has won the following awards in this competition in the past.
Sprint 1972 MITI Minister Award
Lithrone 40 1982 Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers Award
Sprint II 1994 Special Jury Prize
Lithrone S40 2002 METI Minister Award
System 35S 2004 METI Minister Award
Lithrone S26/S29 2006 Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers Award

Profile of the Enthrone 29

The Enthrone 29 is a press that embodies the high print quality and leading-edge technologies that have become synonymous with Komori. Concentrating basic performance, the Enthrone’s ergonomic stepless operator-side design and small footprint allow it to fit easily in any confined installation space.

Emblematic of the Enthrone 29’s full arsenal of functions, the press employs an array of double-size impression and transfer cylinders to ensure consistent print quality and excellent performance on short runs of a diverse work mix. Accommodating sheet thicknesses of 0.04 mm to 0.6 mm, the press dramatically shortens the time required for changeover between light and heavy stocks because no gripper pad adjustment is necessary when changing sheet thickness. The Enthrone 29, in short, enables working efficiencies that result in highly profitable operation.

About Komori Corporation

Tokyo-based Komori Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed, web offset printing and banknote/security presses, provides world-class technology especially suited for today’s highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering the highest level in print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and JDF connectivity through open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve higher productivity levels essential for increased margins and business growth.

For further information, Contact:

Takeshi Yoshikawa, Manager

Sales Promotion Department

Komori Corporation

Phone: +81-3-5608-7806

Email: Takeshi_Yoshikawa@komori.co.jp

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